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This week’s theme is ‘Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With (submitted by Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Blog)’, so today I thought I’d share with you my favourite characters from 2019 so far!
These are all characters from books I’ve read in 2019, but not necessarily from books published in 2019, and I love all of them. I’ve had a really good reading year so far and characters make a book for me, so I wouldn’t have enjoyed any of these books anywhere near as much without these characters!
Sancia from Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett: In what world wasn’t I going to love a queer thief in an Italian-inspired fantasy setting? Thieves are probably one of the biggest tropes in fantasy, but I still love to read them when they’re done well and Sancia really was. She doesn’t feel like a stereotypical thief, she feels like a person who also just happens to be skilled at thieving, and I love that about her.
Circe from Circe by Madeline Miller: Circe is basically a character study and it’s beautifully written, so there was no way I wasn’t going to fall in love with Circe herself. I have such warm feelings for her and I love her a lot; the way she stops seeking power and approval from others and discovers it within herself is perfection.
Irina, Wanda and Miryem from Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: This novel is one of my new all-time favourite novels and my book of the year so far, and I adore all three of its heroines too much to only pick one.
Louvaen from Entreat Me by Grace Draven: Louvaen is so much fun. She knows herself, she’s so comfortable in her own skin, and she gives as good as she gets.
Maggie from Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse: Maggie needs some therapy, the poor woman’s been through a hell of a lot of crap, and I love her because she’s not a particularly friendly person, and I have a bit of a thing for unfriendly women in fiction. She’s a survivor and she’s here to do her job whether other people like her or not.
Jane from Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: Jane is another character who isn’t always particularly likable, but she’s also a black teenager living in a society where her worth is measured by whether or not she’s willing to die for a white girl. I loved the way she was written and I love how she’s not necessarily a very reliable narrator.
Jude from The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by Holly Black: Much like Maggie, Jude needs some serious therapy. I wasn’t expecting to love this series as much as I do, and while I love Black’s world-building and how she writes the fae, so much of my love for this series is down to Jude, who is such a compelling, car-crash kind of protagonist that I just can’t look away from.
Zoya from King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: I finally read the Grisha trilogy this year and Zoya was my favourite character in that trilogy, then she was a point of view character in King of Scars and, frankly, I didn’t know how much I needed that in my life. Zoya’s another character who’s kind of mean, and I love her for it; especially when she’s spent so long being disliked by Grisha fans thanks to Alina’s girl hate. She’s trying to lead an army, she doesn’t have time to smile and look pretty. (Well, she does, but she’ll smile and look pretty once she’s kicked your ass.)
Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Lazlo is quite possibly the sweetest character in YA fantasy and I love him a lot. I love that he looks like a bit of a thug at first glance because he’s tall and broad and has a crooked nose, but in reality he’s a boy who broke his nose because he dropped a book of fairy tales on it. He’s the cutest of patooties.
Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: Baz is a gay mess and I love him. He looks so composed on the outside, and then you read his point of view chapters and realise he’s a complete wreck. Bless his heart.